Monday, April 02, 2012

Now This One Really Is Idiotic

Harry Stein in the Times:

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.
 I know very little about The Hunger Games and I'm hazy on Twilight  I've read some bits of Harry Potter and find it amiable enough but the young folks  in my catchment area seen to have been fine with reading it on their own, thank you.  But as to the more general proposition--let's just say that I'd be happy to read Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, or several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books, or Charlotte's Web or Wind in the Willows right now, tonight, thank you, with or without the loan of a kid to read it to.  I might not want the kinder to know I was reading them but that is a different problem altogether.

h/t BoingBoing.


Ebenezer Scrooge said...

The Wind in the Willows is the only thing ever written by a central banker that a person would pay to read, rather than have to be paid to read. Yes, Kenneth Grahame's day job was at the Bank of England.

Anonymous said...

Swallows & Amazons! I always thought me & my cousin were the only people in the US who knew about those books. I'd read "We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea" tonight if I could.

Davis X. Machina said...

The Ransome books were all re-issued in the late '90's by Godine. I grabbed them all and thank the Deity I did it when I did it. is releasing the series in May!